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Tattoos as Women's Self-Defense in Colonial India

I met someone today who explained that their tattoo was based on a style adopted by Indian women during British Occupation which served as a way of turning off British men who might otherwise want to take them away for various unsavory purposes. The women would in some cases get these tattoos on their necks and faces. Although the person told me the Indian term for this particular style of tattooing I failed to write it down, and now cannot seem to google up this phenomenon. Was hoping someone knew about it, what it's called, or could provide some links to more information.
posted by cthuljew on Jul 14, 2014 - 3 answers

I don't want to meet my wife on Tinder

I'm inept at dating in the real world. Help me learn how to take a girl from acquaintance to date and face the uncertainty in between. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2014 - 21 answers

Lady-friendly sci-fi recommendations?

After getting really into Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series, I'm looking for similar reading material. Can y'all recommend other sci-fi novels featuring a predominantly female cast?
posted by schooley on Jul 10, 2014 - 22 answers

Optimizing hormones for weight loss?

How can you, naturally or otherwise, optimize female hormones to help regain the metabolism and hormonal profile of someone in their teens or 20s? (And is this even possible or desirable?) [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jul 7, 2014 - 14 answers

Let's cure sexual dimorphism!

How would scientific folks go about making women biologically around the same size and strength as men? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Jul 1, 2014 - 32 answers

Plus Size, Knit Capri Pants ...

Where do I find more of these perfect pants? Felt like pajamas, but acceptable to wear in public and to work?? AMAZING. [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Jun 19, 2014 - 3 answers

What are some awesome breweries/distilleries run by women?

What are some awesome breweries/distilleries run by women? [more inside]
posted by mlle valentine on Jun 14, 2014 - 40 answers

Nice girls don't get the corner office

Tips for succeeding in the workplace (Special snowflake details: female people pleaser) [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Jun 9, 2014 - 34 answers

Ladies, how do you shave down there without cutting yourself?

I like waxing my lady parts, but it's expensive and I'm prone to ingrown hairs, so I'd like to switch to just trimming. I have a beard trimmer that works well for the hair above my labia. But I'm hesitant to trim the labia majora itself. How do you hold it to avoid nicking yourself inside? (I've already done this, unfortunately). How do you see what's going on in the back? Help.
posted by three_red_balloons on Jun 8, 2014 - 15 answers

Awesome women doing awesome stuff

I'm looking for books in any genre with only three limiting factors. They have a female protagonist, NO sex and NO romance.
posted by 1066 on Jun 4, 2014 - 62 answers

Lady champions

In what sports (especially endurance sports) do women perform better than men? And biomechanically speaking, why? [more inside]
posted by mermily on May 15, 2014 - 13 answers

Help me Meta Kenobi.

Can you reassure me that majoring in computer science and trying to find a job in technology and software as a woman isn't going to be terrible? [more inside]
posted by trogdole on May 13, 2014 - 44 answers

Female wanderers wanted!

Seeking literary fiction with a transient, often solitary, female hero, please! [more inside]
posted by Isingthebodyelectric on Apr 30, 2014 - 40 answers

REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED WITH PEDAL STEEL

We got Carrie Underwood's Before He Cheats, we got Dixie Chicks' Goodbye Earl; I would like more suggestions of country songs sung by ladies about exacting revenge or just seriously fucking up some no-good man.
posted by Greg Nog on Apr 12, 2014 - 28 answers

Recommend "how I made/fixed this software" podcasts by women

I love programming/sysadmin case studies, I love women's perspectives, and I'm swinging back into listening to podcasts. Help me find more of what I love? [more inside]
posted by brainwane on Apr 8, 2014 - 4 answers

I suppose we should go on a... date?

Boy meets Girl. Then Boy does, what exactly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me find more shirts like this

The style of blouse that the woman is wearing in this stock photo looks very flattering on me. I have one blouse like that, but I'd like to buy more. What search terms can I use to find them, or what stores should I check out?
posted by mekily on Mar 30, 2014 - 7 answers

books with realistic female characters?

I am tired of novels that have an enigmatic woman at the center of the novel. Can you recommend some books to me where all of the female characters actually act like real people? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Mar 30, 2014 - 57 answers

Sock it to me, also.

Second sock question in under an hour! This one is about ladies' socks though. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Mar 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Gender inequality in couples moving for work?

Anecdotally, it seems clear to me that women are far more likely to move to a new city for her husband's job than vice versa. But I'd like some hard numbers! There has to have been research on this, but I have no idea how to find it. [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Mar 21, 2014 - 12 answers

What not to wear to the interview

I'm a lady. I have a job interview coming up for which I was advised to wear a suit. I can't find my real suit, (may have donated it) but I doubt if it fit me anymore anyway. What I do have is a black sheath dress, a nice navy blue blazer, a nice grey blazer, a nice grey pencil skirt that is a slight mismatch with the grey blazer, and a pair of pants that's also a slight mismatch with the grey blazer, and a selection of those nice decorative shells that women wear under suits. I think I have black pumps somewhere, and I also have some nice looking oxford heels. Can I make something work with what I have or should I go try to find a suit? In addition, opaque or sheer tights? This is for a non-management web design job for which I thought suits were passe.
posted by bleep on Mar 9, 2014 - 26 answers

Film Suggestions About Women

Hey! I'm looking for movies about women who want to be high class and/or rich and famous. Not a "Cinderella" type story but one that is darker... Thanks!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Mar 7, 2014 - 39 answers

Books to read along with "Lean In"

Our book club is doing a "Lean In free swim" -- everyone will read Lean In* plus one other book of their choice on the topic of gender and work. What would be some good choices for the second book? [more inside]
posted by jhc on Feb 28, 2014 - 19 answers

Need help finding nice women's tops

Going back to work after maternity leave, but a size bigger so I have to get new clothes. I hate clothes shopping and I don't have time to browse the stores anyway. My work wardrobe staples are bootcut jeans and fitted jersey long-sleeve t-shirts with a nice-looking print. I got jeans but I'm missing the top part! [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Feb 27, 2014 - 6 answers

The Reaganettes, brought to you by Tab

I am looking for TV commercials from the 1980s that feature mothers, women and girls conforming to yuppie, conservative, WASPy ideals of beauty and behavior. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Feb 25, 2014 - 20 answers

Inspired by The Vagina Monologues?

Which other productions have taken on the model of The Vagina Monologues - first-person stories about gender, sexuality, and womanhood? (I'm interested in those that share the model but have custom material, not necessarily the script of VMon as performed by specific demographics.) [more inside]
posted by divabat on Feb 24, 2014 - 6 answers

What happened to the women and girls who worked for Thomas Edison?

Are there any journals in existence that were kept by women or girls who worked for Thomas Edison in the 1880s/1890s? More inside. [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on Feb 19, 2014 - 6 answers

Agnostic prayers, polytheistic prayers, and meditation chants.

I am an agnostic that really likes the calming effect of prayer, but am totally not interested in the monotheism or taking organized religion very seriously in general. Do you have prayer advice for me, and what sort of agnostic or polytheistic prayers (or meditative practices) do you take part in? Resources and recommendations are welcomed! [more inside]
posted by Hawk V on Feb 19, 2014 - 20 answers

Modern biographies or fiction about women overcoming alcoholism.

I have read Drinking, A Love Story, and Smashed, and would like to read more like those. [more inside]
posted by waving on Feb 13, 2014 - 16 answers

I want to follow more women on Twitter

Please give me your ideas for women to follow on Twitter. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Feb 12, 2014 - 42 answers

Beating Mean Girls At Their Own Game, With Grace

How do you tactfully put a mean girl in her place without stooping to her level? Especially when she's your own cousin. [more inside]
posted by OneHermit on Feb 1, 2014 - 55 answers

Looking for recommendations for great women ensemble films!

Just saw Mona Lisa Smile for the first time and loved the acting in it. Now I'm on the hunt for great recommendations for all-women or prominently women ensemble movies. Release the hounds!
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Feb 1, 2014 - 35 answers

Midwestern MeFites: I want to laugh in public! Difficulty: feminist.

I'm a huge fan of standup comedy, comedy podcasts, and so on, but I'm starting to get tired of what feels like an endless stream of life-in-LA anecdotes. I don't live in LA, and I don't really care about LA. Surely there are funny people who want to say funny things in Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis....right? Nationally famous comedians are great, but I'm looking more for regional folks that I can see often, locally, and preferably not for $50 a seat... [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Jan 29, 2014 - 8 answers

The Ladies and Women of Olympic Sport.

A question on vocabulary.  Why are some Olympic sports listed as "ladies" events, while others are "women's"?  Ski jumping is for ladies.  Ice Hockey is for women.
posted by feelinglistless on Jan 26, 2014 - 8 answers

That happy medium between poodle and Conehead?

I have a giant head, lots of big, curly hair, and a fairly round face. I cannot find a winter hat that fits my head well when the curls are free--usually I have it jammed down and look kind of like a poodle with the curls sticking out, and then it slowly creeps up on my head and I look like a Conehead (and it falls off easily if I lean over when shoveling). I've long avoided the winter hat problem by just getting a good earband, but the Polar Vortex II is just too much and I really need better protection from the artic misery out there. Please help me find a winter hat that will fit when I have my hair down, MeFi! Bonus if you suggest something that might be flattering as well as functional.
posted by TwoStride on Jan 25, 2014 - 15 answers

Where in the world should two best friends go on vacation?

Two women in our mid-20's with some international travel experience. No specific budget or length of time designated yet - more info on that inside. Multi-country or multi-city definitely an option. History, art, and food are of interest. [more inside]
posted by jorlyfish on Jan 24, 2014 - 24 answers

Wardrobe remix: the movie

This morning I was thinking about how in the movie Housesitter, Goldie Hawn's character wears a very limited number of pieces of clothing combined in a variety of different ways. My mom pointed this out to me at a very impressionable age, and noted how this was much more realistic than infinite wardrobes. I'm wondering what other other movies have an obviously finite wardrobe for a lead female character?
posted by Nimmie Amee on Jan 22, 2014 - 27 answers

Timely queer and kink content for my facebook and twitter feed

I've just had an article published nationally, and oh boy is that addictive and fun! I want to do more, so I need ideas to pitch! I'm looking for some tweeters and some Facebook groups and posters to follow who will have awesome kink/womens'/sex-positive/sex-work/trans/lgbt/poly/etc news, criticism and analysis. Feminist and socialist feeds also a plus. Many thanks, hive mind!
posted by Mistress on Jan 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Can you recommend some AMAZING memoirs by women?

I'm suddenly overcome by the urge to take a break from novels and read some interesting memoirs by women. I have read "Don't lets Go to the Dogs Tonight" by Alexandra Fuller and I really loved it because of how richly she described the setting, the humor and the tragedies her family went through. I felt like I was there. And that's really what I'm looking for- memoirs by female writers that are so alive that I feel like I'm there. Mefi Readers, what amazing memoirs can you recommend that have made you feel that way???
posted by misspony on Jan 17, 2014 - 65 answers

Sex-positive resources for a 40-something feminist woman?

I'm looking for recommendations for forums, blogs, Tumblrs, whatever that focus on sex-positive content, specifically spaces that are welcoming to feminist women. [more inside]
posted by misha on Jan 13, 2014 - 9 answers

This rock chick needs more rock chicks to listen to.

I realized recently that a good 90% (at least) of the music I like features male singers. Which then led me to realize that I have fairly specific requirements/tastes when it comes to female singers. Help me find more women who rock! [more inside]
posted by scody on Jan 4, 2014 - 167 answers

I don't enjoy hanging out with women.

I AM a woman. I don't generally like hanging out with women. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by skbw on Dec 31, 2013 - 75 answers

magical realism/surreal books by women

I love Kelly Link, Jeannette Winterson, Margaret Atwood, Karen Russell, and Aimee Bender. I would like to read more books like this. Women authors only please, and I'd also love to have more queer and of color authors in my library. Thanks !
posted by dysh on Dec 29, 2013 - 43 answers

Uplifting songs about and by women

Most of the music I listen to is by men, and about men. The songs I have from female singers are either somewhat depressing or about love. I would love to get recommendations for uplifting songs by strong women that are not about love.
posted by blub on Dec 11, 2013 - 54 answers

Help me stay warm: tall+slim outerwear for women

Winter coat filter: Hello minds of mefi, I am looking for an uber warm women's parka. Complexity level: I am six feet tall and size 4. Brands like North Face are great, but the sleeves are too short and waist is too wide. So I am looking for quality brads that I could look into that would fit a tall, slim woman. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks in advance.
posted by mooselini on Nov 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Songs about two women on the run?

I'm looking for songs about two women running away/hitting the road, preferably on the run from the law. [more inside]
posted by honey wheat on Nov 14, 2013 - 15 answers

Women's fashions

As a working woman where do you shop for your clothes? [more inside]
posted by ladoo on Nov 9, 2013 - 24 answers

Female villains whose motivations aren't 'feminine'?

I've been in the mood for media with interesting villains and antiheros lately, and it suddenly occurred to me that I'd like to see some interesting female villains. But I don't want them to be Disney-villain-esque women whose motives are defined by their femininity. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Nov 4, 2013 - 51 answers

If It's Tuesday, I Must Be Wearing The Heather Grey V-Neck

Ladies: what are your sources for cool and/or geeky t-shirts these days? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Oct 23, 2013 - 28 answers

Experiences of females that started weightlifting?

I switched from doing cardio to lifting weights at the gym, mainly because I LOVE IT. However, despite every website telling me that, as a woman, I won't get "big and bulky," I think I might be. I've gone up 1-2 clothing sizes, my butt has exploded, jackets now seem narrow in the chest ... It would be one thing if, standing nude in the mirror, I saw a 6-pack staring back at me, but I don't. It doesn't "look" like I've lost much body fat at all (but I can definitely tell that I've gained muscle - I've got a bicep! For the first time ever!). So, my question: will one day my muscle mass get large enough that my metabolism will rev up and my body fat will melt away? What are other ladies' experiences with beginning weight training and that effect on their body? (and I mean REAL weight training - bench presses of over 100 lbs, for instance - not lifting a 5 lb weight)
posted by athena2255 on Oct 16, 2013 - 31 answers

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